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There are many good Santa Maria CA hotels, ...and even MORE bad ones. I've read horror stories about travelers ending up at some of the worst hotels in Santa Maria.

Don't let this happen to you! Use this research to help you find a really nice room for a good rate in Santa Maria, California.

Santa Maria attractions include:

  • Santa Maria Valley Wineries - famous for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Syrah
  • Santa Maria Airport - fly non-stop to Las Vegas from Santa Maria.
  • Santa Maria Famous BBQ Tri-Tip
  • Santa Maria Valley strawberries - April through June
  • Santa Maria Fairpark - home of Santa Barbara County Fair, Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, Motorcycle Madness
  • The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) - professional community theater
  • Santa Maria Speedway
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Museum of Flight/Space Endeavor Center
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • Black Lake Golf Resort, Rancho Maria Golf Club, The Dunes Golf Club
  • Satellite Horse Racing
  • Elks Rodeo
  • Alan Hancock College

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Santa Maria CA Hotels Compared

Located in the northernmost region of Santa Barbara wine country, Santa Maria California is famous for its cool climate wines and western-style barbecue. It's a great place to stay for business or pleasure. The following hotel recommendations are arranged from best to worst:

Days Inn

★★ - Read reviews.

Formerly America's Best Value Inn, this hotel was completely renovated in July 2012. It looks brand new! Sparkling clean, completely updated inside and out. Great customer service, too!

Comfortable beds. Microwave, TV, free wifi. Continental breakfast. A great room for a decent price. Easy access to Highway 101 (exit 166 West). Less expensive than Best Western, so I call this the Best Hotel Value In Santa Maria! Check availability and make your reservations.

BEST WESTERN Plus Big America

★★★ - See more photos and check reviews.

Clean, comfortable rooms plus a deluxe continental breakfast. Pet friendly - rooms in the back corner are near a gate to a grassy area. Dependable quality. A good value in Santa Maria.

Located away from the freeway near shopping and restaurants. Highly recommended by many guests. Make your reservations here.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

★★★ - Click for more photos & reviews.

This hotel opened in 7/2009. Rooms include comfortable beds, coffee/tea supplies, refrigerator (no microwave), a flat-screen TV and a safe. Indoor pool, tennis courts & a fitness center is on site. Complimentary breakfast.

Family Fun Package includes lodging and 4 tickets to Boomers Santa Maria fun park with Go Karts & Mini-Golf.

Some guests say the walls are too thin. But most guests say this hotel lives up to Marriott's standard. They say it's very nice, clean, quiet & a good deal. Check availability & book your room.

Historic Santa Maria Inn

★★★ - Read reviews & view more photos.

This Historic Original Inn was built in 1917. The Santa Maria Inn was once a stopover for Hollywood celebrities making their way to Hearst's Castle. Expect the original rooms to smell slightly historic (i.e. musty). Some even say the original rooms may be haunted.

Tower rooms are newer & highly recommended. Pet Friendly - fee required. Some suites have fireplaces. Great for a romantic getaway. Beautiful landscaping. On site there is a fitness center, a fine dining restaurant, the Wine Cellar & Martini Bar and Olde English Tap Room, where locals go to unwind.

There are several packages available. Ask about the Wine Country Manager's Special, a PCPA Theatre Package (includes show tickets), and there's also a Spa package.

Some call this place "old & outdated" & "a tourist trap". Stay elsewhere if you just want a basic room. The novelty of this hotel does cost more. Reserve your room here.

Candlewood Suites

★★ - View more photos and read reviews.

All suites include kitchenettes. Inexpensive and basic. Pet friendly. Free wifi. This hotel was renovated in 2009, so you may be pleasantly surprised. Friendly staff. There's a business center on site.

This hotel is a great value. Clean and safe. Some thought the walls were thin and the rooms noisy, though. Check availability and make your reservations.

Travelodge

★★ - View more photos & check reviews.

This hotel was renovated in 2011, so it's better on the inside than it looks on the outside. Now it's modern & clean with free wifi. All rooms have a poolside view. Above average free breakfast. RV parking is available.

Some guests complain about thin walls and water damage. Check availability & reserve your room.

Radisson Hotel

★★★ - Check reviews and view more photos.

This hotel adjoins the Santa Maria Airport. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, free wifi, a refrigerator, coffee/tea supplies and a safe. Some rooms feature Sleep Number beds.

Amenities include a heated jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and fitness center. Pet-friendly. There's an on-site restaurant and bar, a business center & meeting facilities.

Clean, comfortable & convenient. Some say rooms are pricey, though. I guess it depends on your expectations and what you're used to.

Note: One guest warns that there was NO Sprint signal here in September 2012. If you use Sprint, verify service before booking a room here. Check availability and book your room.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

★★ - View more photos & read reviews.

Great for business travelers; every room has a fully-equipped kitchenette and a work desk. The staff is friendly. Spacious rooms with comfortable beds. Wifi is free, but slow. Amenities include a pool, jacuzzi & fitness center. Ask about the Movie Night and Pizza Party package.

Reviews vary greatly. Some guests love this place; others do not. Some guests feel the furnishings are old & outdated. Complaints have been made about stained sheets, musty smell, bed bugs and rodent droppings! Management seems very responsive to complaints, so ask for a better room if you aren't satisfied. Check availability and reserve your room.

Quality Inn & Suites

★★ - Check reviews & compare rates

This former Comfort Inn is dated, but rooms are clean, simple and affordable. Amenities include refrigerator, microwave, and comfortable beds.

Great customer service. Easy access to Highway 101; exit E. Main Street (Hwy 166). Within walking distance of Marian Regional Medical Center. International House of Pancakes is next door.

This is not my first choice for a hotel in Santa Maria. Complaints include "Smelly & overpriced." and "Very crowded, noisy breakfast." But, most guests say it's a decent place to stay and convenient when visiting a patient at the Santa Maria hospital. Check room availability and make your reservations.

Solaire Inn and Suites

★★ - Check reviews & compare rates.

This is an entirely eco-friendly hotel. Low-flush toilets, low-flow shower heads, LED lighting, and electric car charging station. No pets allowed. Weak wifi. No continental breakfast.

This former Rodeway Inn was remodeled in 2008, yet the transformation is incomplete in some areas. Old dirty carpets make smelly hotel rooms.

Many recent guests love this place. Some feel it's overpriced. So reviews are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Read the reviews and decide for yourself.

Budget Hotels in Santa Maria California

There are more budget hotels in Santa Maria than there are nice places to stay. The cheapest hotels in Santa Maria are not recommended. If your budget is limited, here are the 3 best budget hotels in Santa Maria.

Motel 6

★ - Check reviews & compare rates

A basic, no frills place to sleep. Quiet, safe & inexpensive. This hotel is in a better location than other economy lodging in Santa Maria. However, it fulfills only the basic necessities.

Many guests have complained of dirty rooms in disrepair. If you can afford to pay a little more per night, you'll get a much better room down the street. Check availability and reserve your room here.

Rose Garden Inn

★ - Read the reviews for yourself.

Basic economy lodging with lots of deferred maintenance. Free wifi, heated jacuzzi, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, laundry, business center, pet-friendly (deposit required). Rooms include refrigerator, an iron and a ceiling fan. Free continental breakfast. Next door to Denny's restaurant.

This hotel is run down, outdated and not in a very good neighborhood. Room rates are cheap for a reason; you get what you pay for. If you're on a strict budget, this is the best cheap hotel in Santa Maria.

NOTE: There is a "new" wing and an "old" wing. If you must stay here, ask for a room in the NEW wing. DO NOT STAY IN THE "OLD" WING (the wing closest to Denny's)! Guests complain about nasty, smelly bathrooms, holes in the walls, broken & stained furniture and stained mattresses and carpet. Check room availability & make reservations here.

Town And Country Inn

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Very basic lodging. Lots of deferred maintenance. Amenities are non-existent. Walls are paper thin. Not very clean. Run down property. Overpriced. Stay here only if you are not too picky. Check availability and reserve your room.

Cheapest Hotels In Santa Maria California

The cheapest Santa Maria hotels ARE NOT RECOMMENDED unless you're really short on cash.

These motels are generally 40-50 years old, with deferred maintenance throughout. None of these hotels are well reviewed. Some have terrible reviews, and some of these cheap hotels have no reviews at all.

To be fair, I have never actually been inside any of these hotels. The following make my "Worst Hotels In Santa Maria California" list based upon the hotels' curb appeal and their guests' reviews:

  • Broadway Motel - In a bad area. Old & run down. Permanent residents.
  • Buckboard Motor Lodge - This is a dirty, smelly dive. Stay away!
  • Budget Inn - A stabbing occurred here. 'Nuf said.
  • Colonial Motel - The outside looks OK, but the inside is filthy & gross!
  • Deville Motel - Another blast from the past. Simple basic exterior. Stay at your own risk.
  • Fountain Motel - Old 50s-era motel. No reviews available. Looks run down and cheap.
  • Holiday Motel - Blood-stained mattresses, burn holes in the bedspread and bed bugs!
  • Laura Lodge - Across the street from Broadway Motel. Permanent tenants and bed bugs live here.
  • Mission Hotel - Another low-rent residential hotel. Not suitable for visitors.
  • Palms Motor Motel - A real dive. Trust me, you do not want to stay here.
  • Plaza Hotel & Market - Ick! Very nostalgic - and not in a good way. You DO NOT want to stay here.
  • Restwell Motel - A shabby cluster of cottages that are WAY past their prime. Must've been cute once.
  • Town Center Hotel - This is a low-rent residential hotel. Not for travelers.
  • Valley Motel - Old 50s-era cottage motel. No reviews. Probably residential.
  • Villa Motel - guests would rather sleep in their car than inside with the bed bugs.
  • Western Motel - Not bad outside. Filthy rooms in a bad neighborhood.

Next time you travel through Santa Barbara County, why not stay a night or two in Santa Maria CA? Hotels are affordable, the wine is delicious, and...

...there's just something special about having Santa Maria style barbecue tri-tip in the place where it all began.

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